Lib Dems announce £4m of funding for mental health services in South Gloucestershire



The Liberal Democrats have announced that £4m of the party's additional health funding in South Gloucestershire from putting a penny on income tax would be ring-fenced for mental health services.

This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.

The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.

Commenting on the plan, Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Thornbury and Yate, said:

“The Liberal Democrats pledge to spend £4m in South Gloucestershire is important as it demonstrates our commitment to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health. 
 
"Health, particularly mental health is a key issue on the doorstep. People want action, not just words and neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services.
"We will invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in South Gloucestershire, end the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
 
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservatives, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.”

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